1. Making the Case for Stephen Curry as NBA's Most Improved Player

    Stephen Curry has forced us to reconsider a lot of what we believed about the NBA this season. Shot-selection norms, perimeter-based offenses, the outer limits of individual ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 46,800 reads 207 comments

  2. Golden State Warriors Refuse to Lose and Monday NBA Takeaways

    For the inhuman, unfathomable, still undefeated Golden State Warriors , this was supposed to be the one that got away...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 88,728 reads 214 comments

  3. Kawhi Leonard's Evolution Just Won't Stop

    It's a good thing Kawhi Leonard just keeps getting better. Someday, the historically successful San Antonio Spurs might just need another superstar leader...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 47,080 reads 126 comments

  4. Toronto Raptors Exorcising Last Year's Demons and Wednesday NBA Takeaways

    If you're reluctant to buy this year's Toronto Raptors as viable threats in the East, you're forgiven. That's what they were supposed to be last year (and, for the most part, ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 65,416 reads 233 comments

  5. 5 NBA Teams That Need to Sound the Early-Season Alarm

    Slow starts are never ideal in the NBA , but some are serious enough to incite real panic. Whether it's the full manifestation of a weakness that had been lurking beneath the surface ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 49,319 reads 180 comments

  6. Monday NBA Roundup: Kevin Durant's Return Propels Thunder Back to Elite Status

    Here's hoping the rest of the NBA enjoyed that six-game stretch when the Oklahoma City Thunder , sans Kevin Durant , were the same up-and-down, Russell Westbrook -dependent exhibit of mediocrity they were a year ago...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 32,977 reads 89 comments

  7. Counting the NBA's Dead Money

    It says something about the bizarre world of NBA salary-cap management when teams guided by the axiom that every dollar counts so often pay millions of them for absolutely nothing...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 41,244 reads 36 comments

  8. 2015-16 NBA Power Rankings: How Every Team Stacks Up After 3 Weeks of Action

    The NBA 's 30-team hierarchy is stabilizing after roughly three weeks of play, separating into a trio of distinct categories: a woeful underclass of hapless failures, a select few superpowers and a teeming horde of around 20 middle-class outfits...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 226,760 reads 394 comments

  9. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Anthony Davis and Pelicans Learning Pain of Lost Season

    Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder know the sting of a wasted season, and it looks like Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans will soon know it, too...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 89,990 reads 135 comments

  10. And Now for Some Completely Different NBA Awards

    The NBA is a dynamic organism, and the most interesting parts of every season are the changes that arise...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 27,752 reads 55 comments

  11. Houston Rockets Defense Continues to Be Glaring Issue and Monday NBA Takeaways

    Shoulders slumped, feet shuffling and eyes downcast, a defeated Houston Rockets team retreated to its bench after the third quarter of a 111-95 loss to the Boston Celtics. The remaining 12 minutes didn't matter...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 99,444 reads 308 comments

  12. Ranking the NBA's Most Dangerous 1-2 Punches Under 25

    The process of acquiring multiple promising young talents is almost never pleasant in the NBA , but the results can be pretty exciting...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 88,749 reads 265 comments

  13. NBA Power Rankings: Contenders Fighting for Spots Behind Untouchable Warriors

    If you've been even a casual follower of the NBA this year, you're well aware of how little mystery there is about the identity of the league's best team...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 192,572 reads 564 comments

  14. Mavericks Must Move on from DeAndre Jordan Saga and Wednesday NBA Takeaways

    It's not clear if anyone who actually plays for the Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Clippers cares about DeAndre Jordan's offseason change of heart, but there's no doubt Mavs fans and team owner Mark Cuban have some thoughts on the matter...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 63,902 reads 172 comments

  15. Envisioning the Perfect, Uncompromising End to Kobe Bryant's Career

    Despite Kobe Bryant's controlling, detail-obsessed perfectionism, he doesn't get to decide if the end of his spectacular NBA career is here...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 15,491 reads 58 comments

  16. Tuesday NBA Roundup: Thunder Win Big as Wizards Fail to Impress Kevin Durant

    Fans at the Verizon Center came prepared to do whatever it took to woo Kevin Durant (which ironically included booing him), but a 125-101 Oklahoma City Thunder win against a ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 27,436 reads 96 comments

  17. Blake Griffin Is Changing His Game, Again

    It's generally been a safe bet to say whichever version of Blake Griffin currently exists is the best one yet...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 14,236 reads 41 comments

  18. NBA Power Rankings: It's the Golden State Warriors and Everyone Else

    It's been less than two weeks since the 2015-16 NBA season kicked off, and already we've got some serious shaking going on in our second edition of power rankings...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 345,627 reads 752 comments

  19. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Knicks Showing Signs That Better Basketball Is on Its Way

    This is going to sound like backhanded praise, but the New York Knicks are bad in a lot of the best ways...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 111,394 reads 123 comments

  20. We're Watching History in the Making with Golden State Warriors

    Four games into their title defense, the Golden State Warriors are, quite clearly, better than everyone else in the league...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 35,735 reads 206 comments

  21. Monday NBA Roundup: Oklahoma City Thunder Cough One Up Against Desperate Rockets

    If you were so inclined, you could really fire up the hot-take machine in the wake of the Oklahoma City Thunder's 110-105 loss to the Houston Rockets...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 33,100 reads 281 comments

  22. 6 NBA Superstars with the Most on the Line Entering 2015-16

    If you're an NBA superstar, or even on the fringes of that category, you've already proved plenty. But the demands and pressures that come with that status increase in kind...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 15,253 reads 29 comments

  23. The Weakest Link on Every NBA Contender

    No NBA team is perfect, but these contenders come closer than most. And that makes picking out their weak links tricky. So we have to make important distinctions and deal in relative terms...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 144,130 reads 301 comments

  24. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Kawhi Leonard's Night Nearly Spoils Kevin Durant's Return

    Kawhi Leonard used the San Antonio Spurs' season opener to do two things: make Kevin Durant 's triumphant return from an injury-plagued season as painful as possible and announce ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 59,405 reads 296 comments

  25. The Ultimate Breakdown of How LaMarcus Aldridge Will Fit with San Antonio Spurs

    The San Antonio Spurs broke character by signing LaMarcus Aldridge , a splashy star with a game seemingly ill-suited to unselfishness, sacrifice and other generally Spurs-y basketball beliefs...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 3,716 reads 14 comments